It’s been quiet around here. Because I’ve been travelling. Working. Celebrating turning 39 years old. Thinking about my mum, who’s birthday it would have been yesterday. So it’s been a busy week in my brain, with not much clean white space in which to craft some words. But it’s been a blessed kind of busy.
Last week we FINALLY got curtains put up in our house. We moved into this house in March, and then we painted it in May and took all the old curtains down and have had NONE since then. I think the neighbours have really got tired of seeing me sprint naked from the bathroom to my bedroom cupboard.
I know that I’m a grown up now, because the idea of curtains makes me incredibly excited. The funny thing is that I remember my Mum being excited when she made herself some new curtains once, and she smiled as she swooshed them back and forth and I thought she was being a bit sad and weird. Now I get it. Curtains are more than just fabric. They make a house warm and turn it into a home. Plus they stop the neighbours seeing your wobbly bits.
Besides curtains, I also finally got wallpaper! Lots of exclamation marks! I have been obsessed with wallpapering some rooms in my house, since forever. But since we moved to Cape Town three years ago and have been renting a house, I haven’t been able to. That hasn’t stopped me tearing out wallpaper inspiration pictures from magazines. Or stroking other people’s wallpaper in their homes, or in restaurant bathrooms (which is guaranteed to be of concern to strangers who walk in and bust you doing this).
But last week I finally got to wallpaper our entrance hall, our bedroom and a wall in the kids’ room (if you stand still, I may wallpaper you). Anyway, I’m so thrilled with how it all came out, take a look below. There is still lots we have planned, but that’s the beauty of all this home improvement stuff, you can just do one thing at a time (also because: money).
I also had a REALLY wonderful birthday weekend. On Saturday morning (my bday), the kids and husband bought me coffee in bed, and I was made to wear a homemade orange crown with gold twinkly stars. Then I opened all my cards, and my gift “from the kids” was Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients book. I have been coveting that book since Christmas when I spotted it at a friend’s house, so I am super chuffed. Can’t wait to start cooking from it soon.
I had also asked husband for an alarm clock! (see, I’m super easy to buy gifts for, you just have to ask me and I am really quite specific;). I want to stop taking my phone into the bedroom and using it as an alarm. Because then there is the temptation to read your phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night, as you set the alarm or turn it off. That must end. So the clever man found me a beautiful silver retro style clock that also has a little radio, a digital time display (so there is no ticking by your ear), dimmer switches so it doesn’t shine in your face, and various other clever things. He’s really smart at gadgets, what can I say. We used it this morning and it worked a treat, plus it looks pretty, so WINNING.
After presents, we went off to the Oranjezicht City Farm market where I stared at all the cool people and bought a block of very overpriced (yet delicious) cheese (and also some trout. And some flowers, and some cookies. And a salami). Jokes aside, the produce is incredible, but the cash runs like a river out of your wallet (as it does at most markets I suppose). It was such a gorgeous day and wonderful to eat breakfast and sip on coffee with the sun on your back and the smell of the sea in your nostrils.
Next up was a stroll on the Prom to walk off all those breakfast falafels (my family can never understand why I eat such weird things for breakfast, but it has always been this way. Give me curry or noodles for breakfast any day, cereal must die). The kids have each recently got a skateboard, so they put on all their safety gear and then tested out their boards for a bit. Followed by the husband stealing their boards and “having a go” while they shouted at him to return them.
Next up it was home time for cake. It was chocolate and it had my name on it and there was tea in my new mugs, also from a friend. I love a good cake and luckily this one was spectacular. I also got a spa voucher from my in-laws which is really just the biggest treat ever!
So spoilt, I was. That evening we had a friend’s 40th and it was wonderful to celebrate with lots of special people, but then have none of the organising or cleaning up to do afterwards (fully recommend;).
All in all, I felt very loved on my birthday (husband gets a gold star).
And that’s what life boils down to I suppose? Seeking happiness, and surrounding yourself with people you love, and who love you.
Hope you all have wonderful weeks,
P.S. Our beautiful curtains and blinds were all made by Nowadays Interiors. I also ordered the wallpaper through them and they have such wonderful ideas. They’re based in Joburg but travel to Cape Town frequently. Not a sponsored post;)